It’s me, droppin’ in to tell you to check out my new site. Made some revisions on it lately as I book more gigs, make new music, covers, and participate in music events here in LA. Can’t wait to fill it with more videos and photos as I grow and pursuit my love for music & singing. Definitely have plans in getting involved with the great music scene here in Los Angeles as I continue to grow as an artist. As you can see, I’m a super simple kind of gal, so that’s what you’ll get on my site. Check out my artist site here at lorrainebautista.com! You will find more live performances in the near future, and more content as I find the right time and people to work with. Thank you so much for sticking with me. Can’t wait to see what is in store next for me, and for ya’ll to join me in this super exciting journey.
Wow, this year has been a great start for me thus far. Beyond my wildest dreams, I have performed twice at a local bar in Los Angeles in the past month that has only encourage and inspired my love and creativity for music. The People’s Party hosts shows in the area to showcase local talents and artists, bringing the community together for a great time and great music. If you were to tell me a year ago, this was gonna happen I wouldn’t have believed you. I feel so blessed to have been invited to both events and to simply have the opportunity to share my love for music with others. It has only fueled me to become the best version of myself that I can be as artist/ performer/ singer as I know there is much more of me to share.. It is the dream I owe to myself as a little young, now that I feel empowered to have trained and gotten my voice back. (A story I hope to share when I am ready).
Anyhow, though this is only the beginning I am working on some music and am getting my mind and spirit right for what is to come. Super stoked for the music I am writing and creating with some great people.. after all is said and done.. God is good.
Had the opportunity to sing my heart out a bar in Los Angeles. I performed “Whipped Cream” by Ari Lennox, one of my favorites at the moment. The club was filled with good vibes and so many talented artists that night. Though I waited nearly three hours to finally perform with a little alcohol in my system and almost no water.. I did the best I can vocally in spite of all the nervous. I know this is only the beginning for me and can’t wait for what else God has in store for me. So cliche, but if you truly put your mind to something you’re passionate about.. God will make miracles for you. Feel free to check out a clip of my performance here and my singing instagram here.
Had an amazing time participating in the Christmas Benefit Concert in Long Beach, California last weekend. It has been a while since I have performed in front of a fairly large audience before, there were about 100+ attendees. They were grooving to the music and seemed to be entertained! The band and I performed a total of 13 songs as I had my solo performance singing “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”. Even though I was nervous, I had so much fun. I was afraid I would freeze up and forget my lyrics, but instead I tried to live in the moment, and things just flowed naturally. As evident by the audience’s reactions, it seemed they enjoyed the show as well. It was so nice to hear them applaud after every performance and only reminded me of how much power music has in connecting a group of people.
I also had the chance to get to know more of the band members considering I only rehearsed a total of two times with them prior to the show. I currently don’t have any footage of the performance or any part of the show, but am glad to share them once I have access to them 🙂 As if the concert couldn’t get better… Aretha Franklin’s old manager, H.B. Barnum also performed alongside his choir, who sounded so beautiful! I even had the chance to meet Motown singer Brenda Holloway as pictured below. She sounded like an angel and had a beautiful gown on ! When I met her, she was so sweet and down to earth. There were also bell players too who sounded amazing, adding to the Christmas spirit as well. Again, feeling so blessed and grateful to have been a part of this show. It only left me feeling incredibly inspired to do more in the future.
Been such a blessing to have the opportunity to teach music to children. In the last few months, I have been teaching a weekly music class to children ranging from 3-7 years old. It’s amazing and fulfilling experience to witness such malleable, high energy (though restless) and curious minds at play. As a music teacher, I coordinate a weekly agenda oriented around both music and early childhood education. A typical class agenda would entail using instruments such as microphones, drums, portable piano, xylophone, hand bells, tambourines, etc. It brings me joy to see students be excited to recognize/ use the instruments and apply themselves in music by memorizing lyrics by heart and singing Do-Re-Mi. I also incorporate other activities such as story time, something in my box, freeze dance, Oompa Loompa basketball challenge, and more. Such activities are designed to activate their listening skills while also letting their wiggles out through physical activities as well.
Depending on the theme of the course, I also make sure to stay spontaneous in my classes by switching up and rotating activities so that the children stay engaged and aren’t bored by the same agenda. The best part of being a teacher is getting to know each child as every child is different. It’s not only about teaching them, but also learning from them I find is the most valuable asset of being a teacher. Every class I learn on the job and find their company, entertainment, and learning development the most rewarding of all. Again, so blessed to have been given the opportunity to make music more relevant and hopefully an outlet for kids who need it and may event carry it the rest of their lives. Pictures very very soon!
Been following the Netflix Series Rhythm & Flow, which I had touched upon my other post. It’s incredible how much hidden talent there are waiting to be discovered. One of the many is the one and only D Smoke, representing West Coast Inglewood, California and was crowed the winner of Rhythm & Flow. This means he sealed a whopping $100,000 and secured a spot on Spotify’s Rap Caviar. After researching his background (of course), D. Smoke’s real name is Daniel Farris. He is a graduate of UCLA and a teacher at his alumni high school Inglewood High. His EP Inglewood High discusses his personal experience as a teacher and his experience living in an area destitute such as Inglewood. It’s amazing to hear him express himself through his artistry to see what he truly is about as an artist. I root for him because to me, he is a true artist. He is original, raw, and real — elements I hope to emulate in my own art as an aspiring vocalist. Not only was he well prepared but well intentioned in his approaching of stealing the show. He raps, plays piano, is bi-lingual, and most importantly ‘woke’ and educated apparent in the way he crafts and delivers his material. He is about something, serving music with substance and weight. Check out his EP available on Spotify and all platforms. Check out his finale on Rhythm & Flow that got him first place. Promise he won’t disappointment.